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December 26th

Inauguration symbol matters

In the LA Times, nation editor Katha Pollitt called it “an insulting choice” to Obama’s supporters. After all, how can a man who urged his flock to vote for Proposition 8 in California, which overturned a state Supreme Court decision imposing gay marriage, be invited to pray at Obama’s inauguration? Are not those of us who worked to overturn Proposition 8 just like people who oppose interracial marriage? Isn’t such a person supposed to be radioactively bigoted — akin to George Wallace, barring the schoolroom door with dogs and raised billy clubs?

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Ticket sales show team’s successes

Reports of slow ticket sales were entirely untrue. Tech officials didn’t even expect the local area to turn out the way they did for tickets to Tech’s coming appearance at the bowl.
They had hoped for something like what they’re getting, but in sports, and especially at a time when money that goes to luxuries like tickets for a bowl game is sparse, there are no absolutes.
Showing support for Tech during its first postseason appearance since 2001 is vitally important to the university’s athletic department right now.

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Area rings with goodwill

“My main focus is on the word made flesh,” Bernhardt said. “It’s through the word that God has touched each of our lives. He brought the breath of the spirit into our world, and it has become the word. In that experience of the word, we ourselves are challenged to reflect on our own words, especially in our situation as a country now.”
He wants his congregation to consider the gifts of the season, and so far has been impressed with how deep the area’s pockets have been even in tough times.

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December 24th

Tech’s Perot has heart in football

“Think about the things you love and have done for so long and suddenly it’s taken away,” Perot said. “Wouldn’t that be hard to deal with?”
It sure would and the veteran offensive line coach for the Bulldogs, one who has been with the program for all but three years of his coaching career, discovered as much when he suffered heart blockage in mid-August.
It was shortly after preseason workouts had kicked off and the regular season was only a few weeks away.

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Grateful for some perspective

All us adults are too tied up in the physical and spending too little time on the metaphysical at times like this. Even the saintliest among us have trouble losing the self-pity or the competitiveness, and I’ll bring your attention back to reports of trampling deaths at Wal-Mart in far off corners of the U.S. on Black Friday as the shining beacon of evidence that Christmas needs a little saving.
Compound that with our economic situation, and this Christmas seems even less bright.

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Reflect on life and be kind this Christmas

Before the merry old elf stops in at your home with his sleigh, take a few moments to discuss the real sentiments behind the season of giving with those you care about. Touch on the importance of keeping it a season of giving and not allowing your holiday to center around getting.
Discuss the advantages you have in no uncertain terms. It is our nature as human beings to become accustomed to our world, and our surroundings can sometimes be lost to us as we press on in our lives.

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Roll up your sleeve

“It’s very contagious,” Ovitt said. “You can pick it up just walking through public places, by breathing in the germs.”
Symptoms, which typically last from three-seven days, may include fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough, headache and muscle aches.
These symptoms combined are generally an indication one has the flu, Ovitt said, and the body aches can be widespread.
“It could be body aches in the back, legs, neck and arms and headaches,” she said. “Some people even complain of their hair hurting.”

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December 23rd

’Dogs, Techsters: Double win night

Both Tech teams had to scrap during the second half to secure those triumphs after having led by double-digit margin several times in the opening 20 minutes.
The Techsters were up by 14 (56-42) with 10 minutes left in the game before UALR got the differential down to six (62-54) with five minutes remaining.
But thanks to a five-foot jumper by junior forward Shanavia Dowdell at the 4:26 mark, Tech went up by eight and held back a feisty visitor out of the Sun Belt Conference ranks.

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Stay safe for Christmas

And it all starts at home.
One of the most obvious rules is to carefully check lighting involving Christmas decorations to make sure it has been safely — and properly — installed.
Verify how many strands of lights it is safe to connect end-to-end. If you need to replace a bulb in a string of Christmas lights, make sure that the wattage rating of the replacement bulb you’re using matches that of the strand.

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Shop local, keep holiday enjoyable

When money stays local, we all reap the benefits. Our public schools and many other government services count on sales tax revenues. Even if you’re spending less this year, when people shop local, our parish economy gets a shot in the arm.

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